Lorton's Workhouse Arts Center was the Lorton Reformatory for nearly a century, and on Saturday, Feb. 23, it will once agin witness people going straight to jail — at the unlucky roll of the dice. The sixth annual Lorton Monopoly Tournament will be tense, and more than 100 players at multiple tables are anticipated. The top prize is $500.
Lorton Realtors Ron Kowalski and Susan Borrelli of ReMax Gateway have raised nearly $25,000 for numerous charities since starting the event in 2007. All proceeds of this year's tournament will go to the Lorton Community Action Center.
"Every year, Susan and I take a break from selling real houses for real money, and have fun playing with little green houses and Monopoly money to raise money for local community organizations," said Kowalksi.
Is winning at Monopoly a skill?
"The thing we've found interesting over the years is that anyone can win," said Borrelli. "Monopoly is a game about skill and luck. We've had winners as young as nine years old!"
The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. (the entry fee is $25) and will include two 75-minute preliminary rounds and a third final round when six players will compete for $500 in real cash.